destination dogs: travel checklist
10-27-162 mins read
It's that season when you're hitting the road every weekend, dog in tow. Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels gives our readers the lowdown on how to prepare when traveling with your dog – whether that it's a vehicle, an RV or a sweet setup like his EarthRoamer.
Dog Stories
Pet Safety
Training Tips

Written by Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels

It’s that season when you’re hitting the road every weekend, dog in tow. Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels gives our readers the lowdown on how to prepare when traveling with your dog – whether that it’s a vehicle, an RV or a sweet setup like his EarthRoamer.

Many avid wingshooters and overland adventurers would never consider departing for a destination without the company of their canine partner.  Road trips are what we live for!  Travelling with dogs, although delightful, does present an expanded list of preparations necessary to ensure a safe, problem-free journey.

FIRST THINGS FIRST

Our first considerations are food and water.  When travel is approaching I like to get my dog(s) on a set schedule for once a day feeding at the end of the day, close to the time we anticipate stopping for the evening.  It’s never a good idea to subject a dog, especially a young one, to the unnatural motions of a vehicle, boat or aircraft on a full stomach.

It’s best for digestion and less risk of motion sickness to feed in the evening when stopped for the day.  This allows plenty of time for airing before retiring for the evening.  Of course, pack plenty of food in a water-sealed container because switching brands of food mid-trip may result in stomach disorders.

Bring along a couple of gallons of fresh water from home, a precaution that may further keep the dog’s system stable rather than switching to an unfamiliar source of water.  The less a dog’s routine is varied on the road, the better.  

MAKE A LIST

Other important preparations for the Destination Dog that may prove beneficial:

  • The dog’s “place” mat to be used when outside the portable kennel or trailer.
  • Leash.
  • Brightly colored collar with the contact information and rabies information should the dog become lost.
  • A microchip for permanent identification.
  • K-9 first aid kit.
  • Food and water bowls.
  • Tie-out cable, stake and flat collar.
  • A listing of veterinary contacts along your route and at the final destination.
  • “Poop bags.”  Be the responsible owner.  Clean up after your dog.

CHOOSING A TRAVEL CRATE

In Part Two next week, we’ll discuss what should be one of your biggest concerns when traveling: safety, and choosing the proper kennel size (and always using tie-down straps). We’ll get to that next week. In the meantime remember: Dogs conditioned from puppyhood to adopt their crates as a place of safety and relaxation love their kennels.  It becomes their cave of security.  Never use a crate as a means of punishment and avoid allowing anything to occur that would make the pup/dog uncomfortable or fearful of a crate.  It’s a happy place.

To all our destination wingshooters and adventurers, we wish you safe journeys as you live your passion.

For more tips and info about gundog or adventure dog training, check out the Wildrose Journal blog and newsletter here.

ABOUT MIKE STEWART | WILDROSE KENNELS

With forty years of association with dogs, pointers, flushers, retrievers, as well as hounds and obedience companion dogs Mike Stewart developed the Wildrose facilities creating a comprehensive gundog-training program focused exclusively on the English Labrador, specifically for the wingshooter and outdoor enthusiasts. He developed the unique, positive, training methodology, “The Wildrose Way,” which is being recognized across the country. Over the past nine years, he has appeared in a variety of television programming featuring retriever training including “The World of Ducks,” with Drake and Deke, the Ducks Unlimited mascots, ” Benelli’s American Bird Hunter,” The American Sportsman,” and other sporting programs. He has produced a series of best-selling DVDs, for hunting dog training, “The Gentleman’s Gundog” series. Mike retired as Chief of Police, University of Mississippi in 2000 after a 25-year career in law enforcement, a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a BPA and MCJ, as well as the FBI National Academy in 1989. He retired from the US Navy Reserves as a Commander in 2005 with nine years as a NCIS credentialed agent.

share this story
MORE LIKE THIS
What Makes a Versatile Sporting Dog
Ron Boehme, host of The Hunting Dog Podcast and co-founder of the Upland Institute, walks through...
How to Go Fishing With Your Dog
Oftentimes, going fishing means leaving your gun dog gear at home in exchange for a rod and tackl...
What to Ask Your Breeder Before Choosing a Puppy
So how do you choose the best puppy for you? If you’re interested in adding a puppy to your home ...

GET IN TOUCH

Our support team are on hand
Monday - Friday
8am - 6pm CDT

SMS
 Offline
CHAT
 Offline
EMAIL
 Offline
CALL
 Offline

ADDED. COMPLETE YOUR SETUP

PERSONALIZED KENNEL NAME PLATE

Regular price
29
Sale price
29.00
I've reviewed and approve the design shown in the preview

ADDED. COMPLETE YOUR SETUP

FOOD CRATE NAME PLATE

Regular price
19
Sale price
19.00
I've reviewed and approve the design shown in the preview

UNLOCK

FREE SHIPPING

ON YOUR NEXT ORDER

Valued up to $60 per kennel

By submitting this form, you agree to receive recurring automated promotional and personalized marketing text messages (e.g. cart reminders) from GUNNER at the cell number used when signing up. Consent is not a condition of any purchase. Reply HELP for help and STOP to cancel. Msg frequency varies. Msg and data rates may apply. View Terms & Privacy.

THE PACK OPINION

Customer Reviews
4.9 Based on 2,593 Reviews
Write a Review Ask a Question
  • Reviews
  • Questions

Thank you for submitting a review!

Your input is very much appreciated. Share it with your friends so they can enjoy it too!

Filter Reviews:
BM
07/05/2021
Brandon M.
United States United States
  • How would you describe your dog? Gun or Bird Dog
  • What's your primary use of the product? Travel
It’s like an insurance plan….

This is by far the best kennel made. I use mine daily and they take lots of abuse. They never even seem to wear at all. Hose them off with soap and water and they look brand new. I encourage all of my puppy buyers to get them as well. It’s like an insurance plan for your best friend!

GUNNER G1™ KENNEL Review
KT
06/14/2021
Kris T.
United States United States
  • How would you describe your dog? Family or Companion Dog
  • What's your primary use of the product? TravelHomeHome & Travel Equally
Wow, Just Wow

Wow, this kennel is the Yeti of dog kennels! everything about this kennel is first rate. Yes, there are cheaper, but none can compare to a Gunner kennel.

AL
05/31/2021
Alec L.
United States United States
  • How would you describe your dog? Family or Companion Dog
  • What's your primary use of the product? Travel
Amazing travel kennel

This thing is built like a tank. I have no doubt this will protect our little guy if we are ever involved in an accident. We recently completed an 800 mile road trip with him in the crate. It was well worth the money. This was the first time he was calm in the car and not whining. He slept easily during the drive. We felt calm know he was secure and comfortable. Cannot recommend this crate enough!!

AO
05/08/2021
Angus O.
United States United States
  • How would you describe your dog? Family or Companion Dog
  • What's your primary use of the product? Travel
Unlike any other crate I have seen

I purchased two Gunner kennels, a medium and a small, for my pups. Immediately, you understand this is a different level of product compared to what you’ve used before. The construction is fantastic and legitimately heavy duty. I feel so much better knowing I’ve done everything I can to keep my dogs safe in case of a worst case scenario.

PK
03/18/2021
Patrick K.
United States United States
  • How would you describe your dog? Gun or Bird Dog
  • What's your primary use of the product? Travel
Best purchase for my best friends

I’ve been buying cheap kennels for the four years I’ve owned my dogs, none of them seemed to hold up. I’ve wanted a Gunner for a year now, and the more I read stories of how they have saved dogs lives, it made me think of how losing my best friends would damn near **** me. So I made the purchase and will never look back. It is one solid kennel and I will not let the kennel hold me back from traveling farther to hunt anymore. It’s well worth the investment. I’m a firm believer in you get what you pay for, and this will not let anyone down.